Outliers

Posted: March 2, 2010 in AudioBook Summaries

-Malcolm Gladwell

SUMMARY:
In sport, people born right after the cut off date are more likely to become professional, than someone born before the cut off. Because when they are kids they god picked for the top teams because they were slightly older and therefore better than the younger players of the same year group. Once the kids are in a good team they try harder and then end up actually being better players anyway.

It takes 10,000 hours to master something completely.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good, it’s the thing you do that makes you good.

If you annoy someone by calling them names for example, they will be more likely to have a fight with someone because they’re angry.

Success accumulates out of advantages from forbearers.

Asians are better at maths because their numbers are easier to understand than English, and so they can do addition in their heads much easier. Thirteen plus twenty six for example, would be read one three plus two six, making it much easier to add the numbers together in your head, to get three nine, or thirty nine. They can also learn to count at an earlier age because the numbers are simple, and easier to understand.

Successful people aren’t destine to become successful. The time you’re born in, and the opportunities you take are what make you successful. Bill Gates for example wouldn’t have ended up owning Microsoft, and becoming an expert on computers if he had been born at a different time. Because when he was 13 years old he had access to computers whereas most kids in the world in his time wouldn’t have. So he had the advantages of having a computer, and becoming an expert at a young age.

Paul

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